Spring Is Here; Why Am I Blue?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? Why am I blue?

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, the flowers are starting to bloom, but you are feeling blue. Why is that?

Spring is the most common time of year for people to feel depressed or “crazy”. I personally believe and have witnessed that after the long, cold, depressing winter, people expect to feel better when weather warms up. The whole world is brighter, but their spirits still are low. This presents a double whammy. Feeling blue is one thing—you’re used to it, so you can sort of tolerate it. The expectation of a better mood on the one hand contrasts with the persistence of a lousy mood.

It’s this contrast that gets people down. The whole world seems to be coming alive, but you feel dead inside.

If you are experiencing this syndrome, don’t despair. Believe it or not, it’s not going to last forever. You have probably been told this, and it doesn’t seem to help you all that much. You may be telling yourself it’s not fair, I don’t deserve this, why me, and similar self-defeating phrases.

Self talk makes a big difference. Just try this and find out for yourself. Instead of doom and gloom, try being grateful for 3 things. Just 3, every day.

I make a game of this. I start with the letter A and proceed through the alphabet, with a different letter every day. Three things I am grateful for today that start with the letter A: art, animals, and avocadoes. It doesn’t have to be earthshaking. I’m grateful for running water and indoor plumbing too.

This exercise may not help you at first, but try it for longer than a day. It takes at least 21 days to form a new habit. After that, you may not be asking yourself, “Why am I blue?”

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